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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-28-2007 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA will host a news conference at 3 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Aug. 28, to announce the selection of a contractor for the upper stage element of the Ares I rocket that will help launch future human missions to the moon. The Ares I will carry to low Earth orbit the Orion crew exploration vehicle, which will succeed the space shuttle as NASA's primary vehicle for human space exploration.

The news conference will take place in the NASA Headquarters and will air live on the web and on NASA Television.

Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Doug Cooke, Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley, Ares Project Manager Steve Cook and Upper Stage Element Manager Danny Davis will announce the selection and discuss the program.

The Ares I upper stage will provide the navigation, guidance, control and propulsion required for the second stage of the rocket's ascent. The Ares I first stage will consist of a single solid rocket booster and motor similar to those used on the space shuttle with the addition of a fifth motor segment.

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posted 08-28-2007 08:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LCDR Scott Schneeweis   Click Here to Email LCDR Scott Schneeweis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will it be Boeing (with subs Hamilton Sundstrand, Moog, Northrop Grumman, Orion Propulsion, SUMMA, Chickasaw Nation United Space Alliance / Launch Alliance) or ATK (with subs Lockheed-Martin / Pratt&Whitney)?

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posted 08-28-2007 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release

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NASA Selects Ares I Upper Stage Production Contractor

NASA on Tuesday selected The Boeing Co., Huntsville, Ala., as the contractor to provide manufacturing support for design and construction of the upper stage of the Ares I rocket. Ares I will launch astronauts to the International Space Station and eventually help return humans to the moon.

Boeing will provide support to a NASA-led design team during the design phase and will be responsible for production of the Ares I upper stage. Boeing will manufacture a ground test article, three flight test units and six production flight units to support NASA's flight manifest through 2016. Final assembly of the upper stage will take place at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

The contract type is cost-plus-award-fee and the period of performance is Sept. 1, 2007, through Dec. 31, 2016. The estimated contract value for design team support and the manufacture of the test units and six production flight units is $514.7 million. The selection resulted from a full and open competition.

Ares I is an in-line, two-stage rocket that will carry to low Earth orbit the crew exploration vehicle Orion, which will succeed the space shuttle as NASA’s primary vehicle for human exploration in the next decade. The Ares I upper stage, with an engine and an avionics unit procured separately, will provide the navigation, guidance, control and propulsion required for the second stage of the rocket's ascent. The Ares I first stage will consist of a five-segment solid rocket booster and motor similar to those used on the space shuttle. The second, or upper, stage will consist of a J-2X main engine, a fuel tank for liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellants, and associated avionics.

The Ares I upper stage development is managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., for NASA’s Constellation Program.


Above: (left to right) Brewster Shaw, vice president and general manager for Boeing Space Operations, Doug Cooke, NASA deputy associate administrator for Exploration Systems, Danny Davis, NASA Ares I upper stage element manager, Steve Cook, NASA Ares Project manager and Jeff Hanley, NASA Constellation Program manager, pose for a photo in front of a model of an Ares I rocket. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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posted 08-28-2007 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LCDR Scott Schneeweis   Click Here to Email LCDR Scott Schneeweis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congrats to Team Boeing!

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posted 09-06-2007 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In today's Washington Post (and hopefully other newspapers), there is a full-page ad (A18) from Boeing with the Ares 1 Upper Stage in action. Can someone who sees it tell me what this picture portrays? Is it the escape tower jettison? (Pardon if that's not the correct terminology.)

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posted 09-06-2007 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve-

Launch Abort System (LAS) jettison is exactly what the ad portrays.

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